Thursday, October 27, 2016

FALL BLOOMS

Our average first frost is the end of October. However, the 10 day forecast shows our night time temperatures staying above freezing.  We'll be able to enjoy our Fall flowers a bit longer.  If you are looking to add color to your late Fall gardens, check out this article so you'll be ready for next year:  FALL FLOWERS FOR LONG COLOR

Here are a few things you will see in bloom at the Arboretum this week.


Photos by J. Christianson
BUTTERFLY GARDEN
1)  Symphyotrichum novi-belgii 'Winston Churchill' Aster
WILDFLOWER GARDEN
2)  Muhlenbergia capillaris Pink Muhly Grass
3)  Salvia farinacea Mealy Cup Sage
4)  Gallardia aristata Blanket Flower
PERENNIAL GARDEN
5)  Chelone oblique Rose Turtlehead
CHILDREN'S GARDEN
6)  Lonicera sempervirens Trumpet Honeysuckle
7)  Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Turkscap
8)  Callistemon rigidus 'Woodlanders Hardy' Bottlebrush
LANDSCAPE FOR WET SITES
9)  Callicarpa americana American Beautyberry
10) Tinantia pringlei Speckled Wandering Jew

Thursday, October 20, 2016

FRENCH BREAKFAST RADISHES

Radishes are an easy vegetable to grow from seed.  The seeds germinate fast and they are ready to eat in a short time. They are a cool season crop, best grown in the Spring or Fall in our area.  Click here for some RADISH GROWING FACTS

French Breakfast Radishes were planted in the Arboretum's  Fall Vegetable Garden.  Here's an article that may inspire you to plant some: A HANDY SNACK

Friday, October 14, 2016

GUEST AT THE ARBORETUM

Photo by R. Davis
A few weeks ago, our Master Gardeners spied an egg sack for a praying mantis  in the Rose Garden.  Last week this creature was spotted in the Rose Garden.  Do you think they are connected?  While often thought of as a beneficial insect in the garden, in reality, they are not as helpful as other types.  They are equal opportunity insect eaters and will dine on both the good bugs, bad bugs, and each other in your garden.  Click here for more:   PRAYING MANTIDS and read why it is mantid and not mantis.

Photo by H. Wilson's hubby 


Monday, October 10, 2016

FIXING UPROOTED TREES


What to do?  Read here for some tips:  STORM DAMAGE

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Native Fall Bloomer

Bidens aristosa

Blooming profusely in our Wildflower Garden you will find this native flower, Bidens aristosa or Tickseed Sunflower.   It is a self-seeding annual that can sport 100s of 2" yellow flowers that are very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Read more here:
GOING NATIVE

Photo by C. Taylor

Sunday, October 2, 2016

SEED COLLECTING


Master Gardeners will be leading a FREE
tour of the Arboretum
Thursday, October 6th
starting at 10:00 AM. 
They will show you how to collect seeds
and give tips on when and how
to plant them.
 
Tours last about 1 1/2 hours.
RAIN or SHINE
 
Meet under the Shelter in front of the Ag Center
403 Government Circle
Greenville, NC